Dolphins CB Vontae Davis, who was inactive for Sunday's win over the Chiefs, reportedly got in a spat with Brandon Marshall at practice last week after showing up late and hungover.
NFL.com's Jeff Darlington reported that, according to a source, Davis didn't travel with the 'Fins because of his "inability to act like a professional." Davis apparently was late to practice after spending the previous night out late.
Marshall confronted Davis and a shouting match ensued. Marshall reportedly threw a football into Davis' face, and the cornerback then had to be restrained. A source told Darlington, "the altercation is 100 percent not the reason" Davis was inactive.
Later on Sunday, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported that the reason for Davis' absence in Week Nine was because the team believes he was drunk the night before practice and smelled of alcohol when he showed up at the team facility. A source told Salguero that Davis "was suffering from an apparent hangover."
Sparano would not discuss the incident after the game. "I'm not going to get into any of that," he said following the team's first win of the season.
Davis has battled a hamstring injury this season and has only played in four games. He played in all 16 last season and was considered one of the league's up-and-coming corners.
The way we see it
The Dolphins have had to deal with a fair share of drama this season, and this latest news won't help the cause of a 1-7 club. Davis is supposed to be one of the team's leaders and best defensive players, but the Dolphins' pass defense has struggled, even when he was healthy. Sparano will certainly be asked about this again on Monday, and the entire situation puts a negative light on the team after its first win on Sunday.